On This Day

March 1997 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 1 Canadian Elvis Stojko hits the first quad-triple combination jump in the history of figure-skating competition to win the Championship Series final in Hamilton, Ontario

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 Puerto Rican boxer Héctor Camacho stops Sugar Ray Leonard in 5th round in Atlantic City, NJ to retain IBC middleweight title; only time Leonard's is KO'ed and sends him into permanent retirement

  • Mar 2 Australians Greg Blewett (214) and Steve Waugh (160) bat for the entire 3rd day of the 1st cricket Test against South Africa in Johannesburg; set up Australian innings and 196 run victory
  • Mar 2 Michael Andretti wins at Homestead in a Swift chassis, marking the first Champ Car victory in an American-built chassis since 1983; first-ever Champ Car start for the Swift

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Mar 5 Tommy Lasorda, Nellie Fox and Willie Wells inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Pitcher and Manager Tommy Lasorda
Baseball Pitcher and Manager
Tommy Lasorda
  • Mar 7 Athens, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Rome & Stockholm are finalists for 2004 Olympics site
  • Mar 9 44th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #5 North Carolina beats NC State, 64-54
  • Mar 9 38th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Georgia, 95-68
  • Mar 11 San Francisco Giant J T Snow suffers a fractured eye socket when hit by a pitch
  • Mar 14 Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson wins 67th James E Sullivan Award
  • Mar 15 Pitts Penguins' Joe Mullen, is 1st American to score 500 NHL goals
  • Mar 15 France beats Scotland, 47-20 at Parc des Princes, Paris to claim an 11th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 5th Triple Crown; fly-half Christophe Lamaison lands 6 penalties and 3 conversions
  • Mar 16 NJ Devils' Dave Andreychuk is 26th NHL to score 500 goals
  • Mar 19 Major League Baseball announces 5 year/$50M deal with Pepsi
  • Mar 21 Ice Dance Championship in Lausanne, Switzerland won by Oksana Grishuk & Evgeny Platov (Rus)
  • Mar 22 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Lausanne won by Tara Lipinski (USA)
  • Mar 25 Indians trade Lofton & Embree to Braves for Grissom & Justice
  • Mar 26 NHL announces Anaheim Mighty Ducks & Vancouver Canucks to open 1998 season in Japan
  • Mar 29 1st game at Turner Field Atlanta, Braves beats Yanks 2-0 (exhibition)
  • Mar 30 16th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Old Dominion, 68-59; Volunteers 5th national title

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

Mar 30 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Steve Elkington of Australia leads wire-to-wire to win his 2nd PC title, a record 7 strokes ahead of runner-up Scott Hoch.

Golfer and PGA Champion Steve Elkington
Golfer and PGA Champion
Steve Elkington

Sport awardGolf Major

Mar 30 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: 41-year old Betsy King wins her 3rd title in this event, 2 strokes ahead of Kris Tschetter and Amy Fruhwirth; last of her 6 major titles

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • Mar 31 59th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Arizona beats Kentucky, 84-79 (OT); Wildcats' first title in first title game
  • Mar 31 West Indies cricketers win 3rd Test at Bridgetown, Barbados by 38 runs after setting India a modest 120 run target; tourists dismissed for 81 in Brian Lara's debut as Windies' captain

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 10 Belinda Bencic, Swiss tennis player (Hopman Cup 2018-19 [with Roger Federer]), born in Flawil, Switzerland

Person of interestSimone Biles

Mar 14 Simone Biles, American gymnast (Olympic gold floor, team, vault, all-round 2016), born in Columbus, Ohio

Gymnast Simone Biles
Gymnast
Simone Biles

Person of interestKatie Ledecky

Mar 17 Katie Ledecky, American swimmer (5 Olympic gold 2012, 2016), born in Washington, D.C.

Swimmer Katie Ledecky
Swimmer
Katie Ledecky

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 6 Ed Furgol, American golfer (US Open 1954), dies at 79
  • Mar 13 Leo O'Brien, Australian cricket batsman (5 Tests; Victoria), dies at 89
  • Mar 20 Tony Zale, American boxer (World Middleweight Champion 1940-47, 48), dies at 83